General Household Pest Services (GHP)
The Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach is embraced by UF EH&S Pest Management. IPM, simply defined, is “common sense” techniques employed in a systematic fashion to prevent or minimize entry, introduction and survival of indoor and structural pests, which include insects, rodents and nuisance wildlife. Techniques employed to achieve this goal are provided on scheduled routine visits to all UF structures in Alachua County except those owned by the Division of Housing, which are serviced by Housing staff. GHP service is also provided to IFAS facilities in and around Alachua County. GHP service includes monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly (as required) inspecting, monitoring (sticky trap placement and checking,) applying baits, servicing and maintaining insect light traps, physical removal, (including specialized vacuuming as required), applying residuals to exterior perimeter, around doors and windows, reporting entry points and structural deficiencies for repair orders and emphasizing sanitation. Rodent control measures utilize exclusion and mechanical trapping whenever possible to minimize the use of chemicals. All “food areas” and other pest-prone areas are serviced at least monthly.
Service Requests (trouble calls)
Service requests are placed by calling 392-1591, giving pest type, location, name and phone number of caller, or by submitting the online Pest Control Trouble Form. All requests are to be answered the next regularly scheduled UF workday, whenever possible. After hour service requests will be answered the next business day.
Termite Prevention and Control
Soil pre-construction preventive termiticide applications containing an EPA approved termiticide are provided on all new UF projects and renovations when slab is disrupted and re-poured. A minimum of 24 hours notice is required for construction pre-treatments. Requestor shall provide UF project number, location, square footage to be treated, and a contact number. Payment for pre-treatments is billed to the project. Corrective subterranean termite treatments are provided to UF structures when infestations are discovered or reported. Materials and methods vary according to nature of infestation, but include sub-slab termiticide foam injection, direct wood injection, surface application of liquid borates, and trench and treat application of liquids. Inspections of buildings are performed for subterranean termites and other Wood Destroying Organisms (WDO’s) as requested.
Turf and Ornamental Pest Management
Comprehensive campus-wide fire ant broadcast baiting occurs each spring and fall. Mound treatments are provided during summer as required. Chinch bug control is provided for St. Augustine grass. Shrubbery is treated for mealybug and scale insect control, greenhouse pest control is provided as requested. Sidewalk, fence line and bare-ground weed control is applied around cooling towers and electrical substations with non-selective herbicides.
Capture and relocation for birds, squirrels, raccoons, opossums, snakes, and bats as required. Technicians will provide guidance for exclusion of these pests. For nuisance alligators contact UPD at 392-1111.
Surveillance, larvacide application, source reduction, adulticide fogging coordination with Gainesville Mosquito Control and public relations services are provided.
Administration and coordination of commercial structural fumigation contracts, in-house operation of fumigation chamber for museum artifacts and specimens are provided for UF clients.
Feral cat trapping, Animal Control enforcement, interface with Alachua County Animal Control Services is provided for UF property. Feeding of feral cats and wildlife is prohibited on campus. Feeding these animals causes them to lose their natural fear of humans and may lead to unwanted encounters with the animals. For additional information see the Feral Cats & Other Wild Animals Living on Campus Policy at http://www.ehs.ufl.edu/programs/pest/feralcats/
Oversight of UF Bat House
Public interface and research project coordination is provided by EH&S.
For additional information on the bat colonies:
Bee, wasp, hornet and yellow jacket nest treatment/removal in buildings and grounds is provided when requested. Dead animal removal inside and under UF buildings is provided where accessible. EH&S will not cut or remove walls to gain access.
EH&S will consult on pigeon control projects.